Who is Ash Barty’s fiancé, Harry Kissick, and why did the Australian Open champion retire?

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty retired from tennis after winning glory on home soil at the Australian Open.

Barty retires at just 25, having won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon.

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Ashleigh Barty (left) won her first Wimbledon title in 2021.Credit: Mega agency
Barty'S Boyfriend Harry Kissick (Center) Is Her Biggest Fan.

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Barty’s boyfriend Harry Kissick (center) is her biggest fan.1 credit

At these tournaments, she was supported all the way by her boyfriend Harry Kissick, who himself has a sports past.

And despite not playing tennis anymore, she has a lot to look forward to in 2022 as she and her boyfriend announced their wedding.

Who is Ash Barty Boyfriend Harry Kissick?

Harry Kissick is an aspiring professional golfer who works as an irrigation technician at Brookwater Golf & Country Club in Brisbane.

Not much is known about him, but he is an avid football fan who wears a Liverpool cap when watching his fiancée play.

Kissick is also a member of the PGA Intern Program.

The couple met in 2016 when Barty visited Brookwater to play golf.

A year later, they went public with their relationship when they attended the John Newcomb Awards together.

Kissick also helps Barty during training whenever she can, becoming known as her unofficial ball boy.

A friend told Women’s Day 2019: “This is really the most normal pair you can find at this level in tennis.

“It’s refreshing because in this sport you can often see the mismatch of connections.

“It’s funny to see Ash practicing for the big tournaments with his trainer and Harry showing up as the boy with the ball. He will bounce back and forth, helping out between their meetings, cheering her up, talking about the cricket score, or cracking jokes.

“Even though he doesn’t want to, Harry helps Ash play her best tennis because there’s no pressure from him.”

Does Ash Barty have kids?

In 2020, Ashleigh Barty brought a baby to her press conference after losing the semi-finals of the Australian Open to Sophia Kenin.

However, she herself is not yet a mother.

Barty said of baby Olivia: “This is my newest niece. My sister had her about 11-12 weeks ago. Yes, that’s what life is all about. It’s amazing.

“It’s been a hell of a summer.

“I mean, if you had told me three weeks ago that we would have won the tournament in Adelaide, reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open, I would have taken it absolutely every single day of the week.

“I mean the perspective is great. Life is wonderful.

“[Olivia] brought a smile to my face as soon as I left the court. I have to hug her. Everything is fine.”

Why did Ash Barty retire?

Ash Barty explained that winning Wimbledon in 2021 was her lifelong dream and she no longer has the motivation to play at the highest level.

She added that winning the Australian Open in front of home fans seemed like the perfect way to retire from tennis.

Barty told Dellacqua: “I’ve been thinking about this for a long time, and there were a lot of incredible moments in my career that became pivotal moments.

“Wimbledon last year changed a lot for me as a person and for me as an athlete, when you work so hard all your life for one goal, and I was able to share this with so many incredible people.

But winning Wimbledon was my dream, the only real dream I wanted in tennis. It really changed my point of view and after Wimbledon I had such an inner feeling and I talked about it quite a lot with my team and there was only a small part of me that was not completely satisfied and realized.

“Then came the Australian Open challenge and it seemed like the perfect way – my perfect way – to celebrate what an amazing journey my tennis career has been. I want to pursue some other dreams that I’ve always wanted to achieve and have always had a really healthy balance, but I’m very excited.

“In this second phase of my career, there was a shift in my point of view: my happiness did not depend on the results, and success for me is the knowledge that I gave absolutely everything I could. I am satisfied, I am happy and I know how much work it takes to get the best out of myself.

“I’ve said this to my team several times, I don’t have it anymore. I no longer have the physical drive, emotional desire, and everything it takes to challenge myself at the highest level.

“I just know that I am exhausted, I know that physically I have nothing more to give, and this is success for me.

“I gave everything I could to this wonderful sport, tennis, and I am very happy with it – and for me, this is my success.

“I know that people may not understand this and I agree with this because I know Ash Barty, a person who has so many dreams that she wants to follow that do not involve traveling the world, not having my family, being away from my home where I always wanted to be.

“I will never stop loving tennis, it will always be a huge part of my life, but right now I think it’s important that I enjoy the next phase of my life as Ash Barty as a person and not as Ash Barty as an athlete.

“It’s been hard, but it’s the right thing to do and I know it’s brought me a lot of comfort knowing it’s the right thing for me. I am so excited”.

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